Fellows of the RAI are active researchers based at Oxford University who specialise in any aspect of American history, politics, literature and culture. Scholars with a substantial publication record may be awarded the title “Senior Fellow”.


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The Fellowships and Awards Committee will invite permanent academic members of staff in the University to become Fellows or Senior Fellows. Other Oxford-based researchers should apply (see below for details).

Applicants should have an ongoing involvement in teaching or research on US history, politics, literature, or culture in Oxford. They must have a record of contributing to the intellectual life of the RAI, or outline plans to do so. This can take many forms, including attending, participating in, or organising academic events, or teaching courses relating to the RAI's core concerns. It is expected that Fellows will continue to be involved in the life of the Institute.

Fellows have use of the Vere Harmsworth Library, University facilities including email (if not otherwise affiliated), and hot-desking office space for the duration of their Fellowship.

Fellowships are awarded for either one year or three years, and holders may re-apply.

If you are not based in Oxford but would like to visit us for a term or a year, please consider applying for our Fellowships-in-Residence.

Apply for a Fellowship

Applications consist of two elements:

  1. A letter outlining the applicant's responsibilities and role in Oxford, and their past and/or proposed contribution to the RAI.
  2. curriculum vitae of no more than two pages.

Applications for Fellowships are considered termly and should be sent to enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk by Monday of 3rd week.